Teaching Note—Innovating the Curriculum: Bringing History Back Into Social Work Education

Mimi Abramovitz, Laura Curran, Justin S. Harty, Jessica Toft, Stephen Monroe Tomczak

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History, the major storehouse of information, informs us about the important relationship between people and society and increases our understanding of basic societal values and institutional arrangements. A recent New York Times op-ed described “The Dangerous Decline of the Historical Profession.” Likewise for historical content in social work education, exacerbated by the 1970s‘ rise of neoliberalism and the profession’s long marginalization of historical research and teaching. The Social Welfare History Group renews its call to bring historical content back into social work education and to correct its deep-seated race, class, gender, and colonizing distortions. To ensure that all social work courses include history, we can revive the value historical knowledge; prepare a cadre of historical researchers and instructors; financially support emerging scholars and develop a pipeline of history-informed faculty to teach the next generation of social workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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